Saturday 24 February 2018

Mature student admits causing €6,000 damage to new Rolls-Royce with cane

Eimear Cotter

A MATURE student caused over €6,000 worth of damage to a new Rolls-Royce car that was double-parked on a footpath.

Donal Ryan (56) used his cane to scratch the side of the Rolls Royce, leaving a three-foot scratch mark on the car.

The owner of the vehicle was at a private function in a Dublin pub at the time, and his driver was sitting outside in the car.

Judge John Lindsay adjourned the matter to September to allow Ryan to bring some compensation to court.

Ryan, of Brighton Road in Foxrock, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to criminal damage at Mart Lane, Cornelscourt on October 10, 2009.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said the vehicle had to be sent to the Rolls-Royce factory in Northern Ireland for the work to be done.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said Ryan had been in the pub for a few drinks and was going home.

Mr Dunphy said the Rolls Royce was double-parked on the footpath. The court heard that Ryan took exception to the car being parked on the footpath and did the damage.

Mr Dunphy said Ryan was a single man with two grown-up children. He is currently on disability. He has a degree in the history of art, is currently doing his MA and is very involved in the Dublin Heritage Group.

Mr Dunphy said Ryan had €600 in court but the judge said his offer was "a bit light".

He adjourned the matter to September to allow Ryan to bring a further €400.

Irish Independent

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